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're live tonight in jasper county, iowa, one of the swing counties that will likely determine the winner of the presidential race on election day. a little more than seven weeks from now. 50 days. there are 12 battleground states. we identified more than 30 key swing counties inside the state based on the voting patterns, key issues and demographics. they oar marked in yellow on the map on your screen. this county, jasper, named after a revolutionary war hero is 35 miles east of des moine moines. ranks 18th out of iowa 99 counties in population. both parties vice presidential nominees are in iowa today. that marks the 26th and 27th visit by the president. the vice president, governor romney, congressman ryan. or their wives. to iowa this year. 27 times. for a state with six electoral votes. here in newton, maytag appliance was the big employer for years about closed up five years ago. with it, many jobs left. this town has union influence but it's increasingly drifting republican. we catch up with folks in iowa we spoke to last summer about what is important now. we will get analysis fro
carolina. every minute, every speech live here on c-span. next, president obama speaking at an iowa rally than a discussion about the 1972 democratic convention. after that we will show you peaches -- speeches from past democratic convention. now president obama campaigning in iowa, a few miles west of des moines. this event marked the kickoff of his road to charlotte toure, the site of next week's democratic convention. ♪ [applause] >> hello, iowa! [applause] oh, it is good to be back in iowa! [applause] >> we love you, mr. president! >> i love you back. that's why i'm back. [applause] oh, this is a great crowd. it's good to see my outstanding friends -- tom harkin in the house. [applause] leonard boswell. [applause] tom miller. [applause] and can everybody please give lucas a big round of applause -- not just for the introduction, but for his service to our country. [applause] and it is great to see all of you. [applause] we've got a spectacular day. college football is in the air. [applause] we will try to get you home in time to see the hawkeyes and the cyclones. i know we've got ki
from now and maybe earlier than that in that location urbandale, iowa. the president has been hitting the campaign trail hard in the runoff in the democratic convention that gets under way tuesday. our athena jones is in urbandale. it looks like a sizeable crowd. what is the president hoping to accomplish here that perhaps he won't or maybe it's the warm-up to the convention? >> reporter: hi, fred. that's exactly what it is. today launches what the campaign is calling their road to charlotte which is, of course, the road to the big speech he'll be giving on thursday night in charlotte at the democratic convention accepting his party's nomination once again. his goal is to continue to draw contrasts between the plans he has and what he's already done to help the middle class in terms of tax cuts or affordable access to health care and college and what he says his opponents do which is offer plans and proposals that will favor the rich. tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and we expect to hear some of that today. this is his third trip to iowa in the last three w
today voting in a swing state, iowa. guess who's there john king. iowa city, iowa. john, are you seeing many early voters where you are? >> reporter: we have seen quite a few of them brooke. we had a camera here in iowa city and des moines earlier today. i wouldn't say it's gangbusters but modest lineseople saying pretty good loins and if you look at the stickers, the t-shirts a lot them are obama voters so you would say score the first day of early voting in iowa for the president and a cautionary note though. there's a strategic difference of the republicans and the democrats. democrats early investing in early voting and i talked to steve grubs saying the democrats won the early voting in 2010 and did quite well in the statewide races and legislative races and there's a difference of how important early voting is and votes in 2010 cast early. 35 states and the district of columbia allow some form of i critical part. young voters a state where in 2008. their enthusiasm down a little bit so if campaign on the campus identifies them early they ifhey forget what day
. we'll begin with kristen welker on the trail with the president in sioux city, iowa. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. with the democratic national convention just a few days away, president obama is aiming to build momentum in key battleground states like right here in iowa where he's making his seventh visit so far this year. >> hello iowa! >> reporter: president obama kicking off his road to charlotte campaign in iowa, the state that first launched his presidency four years ago. >> it was you, iowa, who kept us going when the pundits were writing us off. and it will be you, iowa, who choose the path we take from here. >> reporter: polls show a tight race here as some white working class voters who gave him an edge four years ago now aren't so sure because of the economy. >> iowa is important, and i think other states will look at iowa and say, if they're turning away from barack obama, that is a harbinger for the rest of the country. >> reporter: today the president reached out to those disaffected voters by slamming mitt romney's convention speech. >> it
campaigning in iowa, a few miles from irvingdale. it kicks off the charlotte tour, the site of next week's democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. >> hello! oh, it is good to be back in iow iowa. >> i love you, mr. president. >> i love you back! that's why i'm back. oh, this is a great crowd. it's good to see my outstanding friend tom harkin in the house. bob wells, john miller, and can everybody give lucas a big round of applause, not just for the introduction, but for his service to our country? and it is great to see all of you. we got a spectacular day. college football is in the air. we will try to get you home in time to see the hawkeyes and the cyclones. i know we've got kickoff later. and although you got to see the nationals and the performance before i got here, i just want you to know that i could not appreciate them perform ing per us so please give them a big round of applause as well. now, iowa, this is our first stop. on the road to our convention in charlotte, north carolina. but there was a reason for me to begin the journey right here in iowa, where
force today in iowa. the election has begun in the fit swg ste wi ear thammp i ing . >> my job is not to worry about those -- >> tonight, dnc chairwoman debbie wasserman-schultz on the democratic effort to get out the vote in iowa and beyond. >>> "mother jones" unearthed yet another lost romney tape from his in years. bcal n st pars >>'ll ask robert reich what mitt romney means when he says he's harvesting companies. >>> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut whole thing down. at he's talking about when it comes to women has the nerve to call senator claire mccaskill unladylike. we'll bring you the latest on the todd akin disaster. good to have you wh us anr hit, folks. ioicoff e 2012 electionn january. today it was the first state where people could cast their votes in person for the general election. the race is on. the race has been tight in iowa, but president obama has the momentum. the latest ten-day poll erage from "real clear politics" shows president obama with nearly a five-point lea iowa voters were out in full force starting at 7:00 this
-- republican candidate mitt romney at a campaign rally in iowa. this is about 35 minutes. >> first of all, it is great to be back in northwest iowa. this is truly god's country. thank you for giving kim and i 88% of the vote in the last election. we do not forget things like that. [applause] thank you all for coming out today to hear the next president of the united states, mitt romney. just this week democrats gathered with the -- at their convention. they struggled with one question that really matters for americans. are you better off than you were four years ago? are you better off under this president than you were mammal years ago? president obama -- and you were four years ago? he wants another famine years. but america cannot continue with the status quo. more americans have lost their jobs under president obama than any president hundred feet -- since the great depression. the jobs numbers just came out of our august with another disappointing month with only 100,000 new jobs. just this week, when the democrats were data for their convention, we solve the nationaln debt -- nation
lighter note, in des moines, iowa, it was not so long for these monkeys to pick a winner of tomorrow's annual football game between the iowa state cyclones and the university of iowa hawkeyes. they went right ahead and toppled the barrel with the hawkeye's logo picking iowa for the big win. before you accuse the monkeys of being bias -- bill, i you know were just about to do that -- they beat the oddsmaker last year with going with iowa state. they have a good record, so, you know -- he's so doubting me. >>> and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's the cynical meteorologist bill karins. >> how do you know he's not tipping the one over that's going to lose rather than the one that's going to win. >> because they explained it to them and they're monkeys and they understand. >> the same way i nod my head. >> the same actually. >>> good morning, everyone. we have thunderstorms marking a change in the midwest. we have one good storm heading through reading, pennsylvania. this one's going to wake up a lot of people. a severe thunderstorm warning were that one. a hit
-schultz on the democratic effort to get out the vote in iowa and beyond. >>> "mother jones" unearthed yet another lost romney tape from his bain years. >> bain capital is an investment partnership. >> i'll ask robert reich what mitt romney means when he says he's harvesting companies. >>> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. >> and the guy who has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to women has the nerve to call senator claire mccaskill unladylike. we'll bring you the latest on the todd akin disaster. good to have you with us tonight, folks. thank for watching. iowa kicked off the 2012 election in january. today it was the first state where people could cast their votes in person for the general election. the race is on. the race has been tight in iowa, but president obama has the momentum. the latest ten-day poll average from "real clear politics" shows president obama with nearly a five-point lead. iowa voters were out in full force starting at 7:00 this morning. one election commissioner said this could be a record-breaking year. >> th
the following nomination which the clerk will report. the clerk: nomination, stephanie marie rose of iowa to be united states district judge. mr. leahy: mr. president, when the senate --. the presiding officer: there will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form. mr. leahy: mr. president, we're beginning about three minutes late and i'd ask consent the time be divided in such a way the vote still starts at 5:30. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: mr. president, when the senate recessed more than a month ago, 22 judicial nominees to fill vacancies in courtrooms around the country, courtrooms that taxpayers have paid to have staffed, were left pending awaiting a senate vote. and today senate republicans agreed to vote on just one of those nominees. i commend senator harkin for working with senator grassley and the majority to get this vote on the nomination of stephanie rose of iowa and i would urge a vote on the other nominees as well without further delay. there are currently 78 judicial vacancies, judicial vacancies during the last few years have been a
's airing in colorado, ohio, iowa, nevada, and virginia. the obama campaign is essentially showing with all these ads how seriously they are taking the women's vote in this election and how they are appealing for the women's vote by talking policy. but hey, the romney campaign is serious about the women's vote, too. and here's how you can tell. i want you to look at the crowd staged behind mitt romney at a rally yesterday in fairfax, virginia. what do almost all of the people standing behind mitt romney at this rally have in common? if you said matched chromosomes, ding, ding, ding! it seems like there are maybe a couple of "y" chromosomes in the background maybe, but right next to romney it is lady time, all the time. when i saw this yesterday, i was watching this with the sound off and i thought he was speaking at some sort of women-only event. i thought, how many women-only events are there in the world and why would they invite a presidential candidate? he wasn't speaking at a woman-only event. they just moved all the women at the event so that they were standing right next to him and b
fin de la crisis inmobiliaria >>que tal les fue a los republicanos después de su convencion? >>en iowa un colorido espectaculo terminó en tragedia, vamos con la informacion. >>buenas noches y bienvenidos a noticias univisión se diced que después de la tempestad viene la calma, cuando se trata de un huracán los embates continúan tras su paso, es lo que ocurre en mississippi lousiana y nueva orleans >>miles no pueden aún retomar sus vidas >>esta noche nueva orleans ha resucitado, a pesar de que miles tratan de empezar de nuevo aquí dicen que la pesadilla hay que ponerla de lado y continuar >>el calor se juntó durante el dia con la desesperacion, tras largas filas por agua y comida entregan lo que se ha convertido en la famosa caja militar, porque todos la reciben, pocos saben qué contienen >>traen seis comidas, postre, galletas >>en blaggimin, la agencia fema comienza a dar la ayuda. >>ha estado muy difícil, toda la comida se nos está echando a perder, no hay gasolina para movernos >>los indocumentados reciben ayuda de fema >>si, por medio de algún miembro de la familia que t
second rally of the day in iowa. governor mitt romney and congressman paul ryan wrapping up a campaign stop? jacksonville. now more. we know how important the undecideds are, but governor romney is pitch to go persuadable voters to, right? >> yes. we're hearing from some top republican researchers that there may be a bloc of voters out there that voted for obama in 2008 who first -- but could be convinced to vote for mitt romney if they are nudged by somebody that they know and like. well, mitt romney seemed to be going about the task part of the time yesterday asking the supporters here at this rally if they would help him peel up at least one obama backer each. and listen. >> to find one person who voted for barak obama last time and they're out there. you can usually tell where they are because on their cars, you see the glue from where the butcher sticker used to be. all right? so you can find him. you need to go to those guys and each one of you needs to find one person who voted for barak obama and convince him to vote for paul ryan and mitt romney. >> part of the strategy has to
in iowa, four stop there'sment and then he is going to go to virginia for a three-day boot camp, if you will, debate camp, wednesday, thursday, friday. he is going the watch the presidential debate on wed night, and then he'll be with his team with that intensive 72-hour period trying to get prepared for joe biden. both sides are crediting the other's with being very good debaters. paul ryan, this is a big step up for him from a congressman to the national stage. he is going up against a formidable opponent in joe biden who has been in the political world for 40 years. so both sides are saying that the other's are really good and they're not taking them for granted. he is prepared and he has been getting briefings on a fairly regular basis. his arms, he is already in good shape. but his arms are probably even leaner and meaner after toting around all those briefing notes. >> ron mott on the road with call rain on the phone for us on this saturday afternoon. ron, thank you, simple. appreciate your work. >> thank you, sir. >>> mitt romney getting some new advice on -- and we're back. mitt
at a campaign rally in iowa, just near des moines. it may look more like a summer music festival. at is part of a rock the vote event -- it is part of a rock the vote event. we will bring that lie to you shortly. tonight, some past democratic national convention speeches. those will start at 7:00 p.m. eastern, ahead of the democratic convention coming up in charlotte on tuesday. we will see the 1960 speech by john kennedy, 1964 lyndon johnson, and bill clinton in 1992, and then we will backtrack a little bit and go to harry truman and his speech in 1948. those get under way at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. tomorrow here on c-span, we will show you "newsmakers," where we have los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. he talks about how the democrats' convention will differ from the republicans and areas where he thinks republicans fall short -- like on immigration and the future of medicare. that is tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern. >> as c-span covers the republican and democratic party conventions this year, here's what some viewers have had to say that the candidates -- >> i thought go
, north carolina, florida and iowa. you guys all get ads. eight states. the playing field as defined by where governor romney is choosing to compete. the list notably did not include wisconsin, michigan or pennsylvania. but update. wisconsin, you are now getting added back to the list. in addition to the eight states i named, the romney campaign says it will also carpet bomb wisconsin, home of paul ryan. now we have a playing field of nine states with wisconsin included. nine states we define as the playing field. presidential races are always fought this way in a few states. right now this year it appears to be nine states. but in most of these nine states officials have acted to try to make voting harder. passing laws that require you how documentation you never had to show to vote before. they have also tried to purge voter rules and tried to cut early voting and make it harder to register. in five of the nine states where the election will be decided, in a majority the top elections official is a republican. in those states all those stories we have been covering about republican
correspondent jessica yellin is in iowa right now where the president will be speaking in a little bit. we'll have live coverage of that. let's start with jessica. how is the president responding to these disappointing numbers? >> reporter: wolf, the president acknowledged the numbers, but he looked for a silver lining. here is what he said when he was speaking in new hampshire earlier today. >> business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. a total of more than 4.6 million jobs. but that's not good enough. we know it's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> reporter: that's not good enough, wolf. that was his nod to the shrinking labor force and the slow growth of the economy. but senior administration officials, senior democrats say they do not think that the weak economy -- that these new numbers are going to have a negative impact on the race. why? because they believe that this is already factored into voters' consideration. and the race is essentially tied. wolf. >> and they say -- as they say in the markets, they've already discounted that factor, shall
romney a few hours ago in sioux city, iowa. i asked him first about the new jobs report. >> well, obviously, another disappointing monthly figure. the white house keeps saying that you can't look at monthly numbers. if you look over the last several quarters, the last several years, you see the continued pattern, that we not creating the jobs we need to create to put americans back to work. for every net new job created, about four people dropped out of the workforce. so we are going the wrong direction. this is a difficult time for the american people. by the way, wages are also not rising. no increase in wages, declining wages, declining number of people able to find work, people dropping out of the the workforce, another continuation of bleak news on employment front. >> bret: do you think that this weak jobs report will spur the federal reserve in to action and how do you think if they do that, that might affect the election? >> it's hard to predict exactly what the federal reserve will do. i don't think there is any action they will take to have an immediate impact on the ec
. virginia, $85.7 million. north carolina and colorado about $55 million each. iowa, $47 million. in the last four months on average of $4 million a day has been spent, in # 3 battleground states. in the final eight weeks those numbers are likely to double. bret? >> bret: carl cameron live in the battleground. we look at the 9/11 memorials when we come back from, ground zero to the pentagon and shanksville, pennsylvania. remembering those who died. [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8... that also becomes headaches. i was very skeptical about aspirin. bayer advanced was completely different. it really did get rid of the pain. put bayer advanced aspirin to the test for yourself at fastreliefchallenge.com. >> bret: it was 11 years ago today that our world changed forever. you remember where you were, what you were doing weapon you first heard the news of the attacks on new york and washington. the plane crash in pennsy
columbia let their voters vote early. i'm talking to you today, iowa, because, oh, happy day, you become the very first of the so-called battle ground states today to let your voters show up, do the in-pers voting, and put this election behind you. and if you don't live in oregon or washington state, i bet you don't know this. the voting there is done exclusively by mail. no one goes to a polling place on any kind of election day. ohioans can question to the polls next tuesday. polls on tuesday. and this is not a fact that is lost on our president mr. obama stumping there yesterday. >> i still believe in you. and if you keep on believing in me, i want you to register to vote by october 9th. i want you to start voting next tuesday, october 2nd. >> so paul steinhauser joins me now from washington, d.c. paul, let's go right back to iowa. everything begins in iowa. and we've got a recent poll that shows president obama has a seven point lead in iowa. so here's the guess. he wants to gets a many early votes in the bank in that state as possible and then move on with his person and his
are pouncing today. paul ryan on cnbc and mitt romney just now in iowa. >> i think that the message from last night was that the president's plan is four more years of the four last years, and i don't think the american people want four more years of the four last years. >> this is not what president obama promised. i would argue this is the result of failed leadership in washington, bad fiscal policy coming from the administration. >> you didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. you elected me to tell you the truth. and the truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. >> last night, the president pleaded for patience. he also turned mitt romney's policies into punch lines. >> all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. have a surplus? try a tax cut. deficit too high? try another. feel a cold coming on? take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning. >> but the moment that brought the crowd to tears was the entrance of gabbi giffords, bravely, painfully, her
. >>> it was supposed to go up and down and zigzag. something went wrong. we'll take you to an air show in iowa. the crowd would not believe what they saw in the sky. >>> checkered flag on the baltimore grandprix . >> we have isolated showers and storms. isaac is impacting our forecast. that's next. >>> crowd was about to see an air jet perform a complicated maneuver with two other planes. they were to switch in midair and pass inches apart. john miller shows us how this iowa air show turned deadly. >> reporter: three jets in tight formation flew over the crowd at the iowa air show. it is a beautiful sight but in a matter of seconds it all went horribly wrong. ending in a fiery crash full of labor day spectators. pilots went in complicated maneuvers switching places in midair. one of the pilots lost control and dove nose down. >> i was instantly in tears. i knew more than likely he did not survive. >> reporter: in a nearby alpha fa field the smoking wreckage of the jet used by a group of warplane enthusiast called the hoppers. while the surviving hoppers grieved a loss, witnesses deal with the
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's not a question of ideology, it is a question about the way people always -- it's what they say in iowa -- there just had its. charity, things like that. -- there just habits. i still maintain after getting kicked around for two years that there is a huge affinity between the cultures and that's why working at a more cultural, social level, showing the side of the united states most people desperately want to see, which we have not been recently because they want to see students -- and because it is dangerous, they are not there. and your point is true -- , -- the space closes, the harder it is for us to show what they that it is still there. people still want it. i think that we tend to see, over estimate both the impact and the cosmic role of the isi. it is convenient. there's enough evidence that they must be paid. i think it is important to ponder on white america has always seemed to have -- on why america has always seemed to have close relationships between our military's. that is the only major institution in the country where what yourot matter where you parents name is. when y
'm gary tuchman in tonight for don lemon. president obama making his pitch to iowa voters. as it gears up for democratic national convention next week. >> republican presidential nominee mitt romney took part in what the gain calls victory val rallyes. paul ryan visited the battle ground state of florida. riding the momentum, coming off last week's republican convention. a mandatory evacuation in louisiana st. tammany's parish. north of new orleans. the evacuation covers 12 miles from the towns of push to himry. the evacuation orders is being issued because the river is expected to crest by monday more than 18 feet and could rise even higher. >> why is it -- >> syria's rebels, claiming a major prize in their fight for the country. the free sir yn army says it seized an air defense headquarters in the eastern part of the nation. rebels laid siege for 11 days before attacking. officers say the move was tactical to prevent airstrikes. >>> an apology from the company that makes the thalidomide. it caused thousands of birth defects in the 1950s and 60s. the maker said he rejects the tragic sid
four years ago. that would be in iowa, and the republican running mate, the gop running mate keeps up -- running mates keep up their attack on president obama's economic policies, but mitt romney admits his own party let people down when it comes to the deficit. and as visitors start moving into charlotte, some people are forced to move out. we're taking a closer look at a little-known downside to the democratic convention. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, reporting live from charlotte, the site of the democratic national convention and you're in "the situation room." >>> and we're here in charlotte where the democrats are already gathering for their party's national convention. it starts on tuesday, but this is now becoming the campaign's command center, as democrats work to take back moment from the gop after the republicans grabbed the spotlight in tampa. president obama is on the road today, as democrats build up to their huge event in charlotte this week. let's begin our coverage this hour with our white house corresponde
something they haven't been able to shake. yesterday in iowa, ann romney spoke out for the first time with a message for republican critics. >> what do you say to your fellow republicans who did -- >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it? get in the ring. this is hard. >>> well now there's new evidence that a month of missed opportunities has taken a toll on the romney campaign and the electoral map is shifting. in nbc's first battleground map since the conventions and a slew of state polling that we've donend others have done, president obama has slightly expanded his electoral vote lead over romney. it is now 243 for obama, 191 for romney, 104 still up for grabs. we moved iowa out of the toss-up column and in lean-obama. the president is now up 50% to 42%, matching what we had been hearing on the ground. in colorado, the president has a smaller lead but he still hits 50%. 50%-45%. in wisconsin the president is also up by five points, 50%-45%. >>> joining me now, director of the maris poll. lee, we were in the field in the middle of the curfuffle of 47%. we did see some evidence
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